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The Singleton
by Christopher Liguori (cplig23@yahoo.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: ***
Jake Rollins is not your typical guy. He is 22, a recent college graduate, and single. Follow him as he navigates his way to finding his dream job, true love, and friends that he will never forget.


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FADE IN:

INT. BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake is seen lying sleeping in bed. Lying seperately yet in
the same bed is Audrey with the covers draped over her. The
room is cramped with clothes and nick knacks thrown
everywhere. The room is in disarray just like his life. On
his nightstand is a very old pocket sized film camera.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (narrative)
This is me. My name is Jake
Rollins. I am twenty-two years
old and just graduated from
college. I moved in with my
cousin, my old college roommate,
and his girlfriend. I'm a happy
singleton
                                                            
Jake's cell phone rings
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (picking up the
       phone)
Hello? Yes mom I know what time
it is. I know. God, I've spent
the last month applying for jobs.
Mom (pause) mom, I'm not having
this conversation right now. Why?

(looking at his alarm clock)
Its 8 o'clock in the morning thats
why.
(frusterated)
Yes, I know. Yea I'm wasting my
life. LIsten, I gotta go, I'll
talk to you later. Bye
                                                            
Audrey rolls over in bed and sits up
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (looking at her)
Hey, go back to sleep. Its early
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (sliding her pants
       back on)
No, I should get going. I still
have to take my brother to camp
                                                            

2.

                       JAKE
Oh, that starts today?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea. Want to grab lunch later.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Sure, the usual place?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Of Course
                                                            
                       JAKE
One o'clock
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Sure
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (grabbing his
       camera from the
       nightstand)
Hey, turn around
                                                            
Audrey turns around and strikes an awkward pose
                                                            
                       JAKE
Thanks, see ya
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Bye
                                                            
Audrey leaves
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Calling out to
       her)
Audrey, your purse!
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (grabbing the
       purse)
Thanks
                                                            
Audrey drops the purse to the ground and the contents spill
out everywhere. Quickly, Jake and Audrey put the contents
back into the pures when Jake comes across a piece of paper
with Sam written on it along with a phone number
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Looking at the
       paper)
Hey now, who is this?
                                                            

3.

                       AUDREY
oh, someone I met at the library
                                                            
                       JAKE
The library?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea
                                                            
                       JAKE
So the singletons are done?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Hardly. I love not having to deal
with walking penises. Present
company excluded
                                                            
                       JAKE
Thats why I love ya
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea yea, see you at one?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (crawling back
       into bed)
Yea, I'm goin back to bed
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Ok, see ya
                                                            
                       JAKE
Bye
                                                            
Audrey leaves
                                                            
 
INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jakes college roommate Brian and his girlfriend Rachael are
sitting on the couch eating breakfast. His cousin Justin is
standing at the counter eating and reading the newspaper.
Jake walks out of his bedroom.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (To Jake)
Its about time, its ten O'clock
                                                            
                       JAKE
Get off my back
                                                            

4.

                       JUSTIN
      (walking out the
       front door)
Well, I have to get to work. You
know what that is?
                                                            
Jake walks to the kitchen and pours himself a glass of
juice. He walks back towards his room with the glass.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (To Jake)
Where are you going?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Rechecking job websites. I need
something
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
But you've been applying for
months. I dont know what more
Justin wants out of you
                                                            
                       JAKE
He wants what every body else
wants, to ditch writing and focus
on monetary accumulation
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Would you rather be a starving
artist?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm not an artist... I just want
to write
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (after pausing for
       a few moments)
It might not make a lot of sense
to you guys, but money... it just
doesnt mean a lot to me. I just
want to live my life.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You need money to live man. Thats
reality
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, I know
                                                            

5.

                       RACHAEL
Listen, there are plenty of part
time jobs out there, why not just
pick up one of them?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Its just...dealing with people and
all. Its not my strong point.
I...I just want to avoid something
like that.
                                                            
Brian tosses the football to jake as he finishes his juice
and puts the cup in the sink. Jake then walks into the
bathroom and turns on the shower as Brian and Rachael curl
up on the couch
                                                            
 
INT. JAKE'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake is sitting at his computer looking over his Resume when
Brian walks in carrying the football.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hey
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Barely noticing)
Hey... what do you need?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Just wanted to see if you wanted
to throw the football
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (going crazy)
I can't, I cant. I'm busy
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Dude, you've been at it for months
non stop. You need a break.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (rubbing his
       forehead)
I know, I know. You're right.
I've got time.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (tossing him the
       football)
Well get your shoes on and lets go
                                                            
Brian exits
                                                            
 

6.

EXT. DRIVEWAY/STREET OUTSIDE CONDO - DAY
                                                            
Brian and Jake are tossing the football outside
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hows the job search going?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Terrible, I've applied everywhere.
You dont work today?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Nope, got to work the weekend
shift though
                                                            
                       JAKE
That sucks. Where's Rachael?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
She took off a few minutes ago,
had some errands to run
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (waving his arm
       for Jake to go
       deep)
Hey, go long!
                                                            
Jake takes off down the parking lot as Brian releases the
ball. As the ball falls to the ground, Jake takes a tumble
on the concrete. He gets up brushing off the palms of his
hands and he looks at Brian who is kneeled on the ground
laughing hysterically.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (throwing the ball
       back to Brian as
       he smiles)
Shut up
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hows Audrey?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Shes good
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You hit it yet?
                                                            
                       JAKE
It isn't like that man
                                                            

7.

                       BRIAN
Why not? Come on, you know shes
hot
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea but I don't see her that way
                                                            
                       BRIAN
What way?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Like you see Rachael, I couldn't
date her
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (inappropriate
       gestures)
Who said anything about dating,
just have some, you know, benefits
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm not like that man
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'd be all over her.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You have a girlfriend
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yea, I know. She wouldn't have to
know
                                                            
                       JAKE
You wouldn't do that to Rachael,
you love her
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yea, yea I do
                                                            
                       BRIAN
But she spends what, four nights a
week here and you've never made a
move?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Nope
                                                            
                       BRIAN
So you have a georgous girl
sleeping half naked in your bed
and you never do anything?
                                                            

8.

                       JAKE
You wouldn't understand man. Hows
Rachael
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Shes good but can you keep a
secret?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, whats up?
                                                            
                       JAKE
You remember Katie?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Katie.....Wilson? That girl you
dated before Rachael? The one
that started to...
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (Cutting him off)
Yea yea yea. Well, I emailed her
a couple days ago. Turns out she
lives here in town
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Shocked)
You did what?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I emailed her
                                                            
                       JAKE
Does Rachael know?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hell no, don't you tell her either
                                                            
                       JAKE
You do remember what Katie did to
you right?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Geez man that was three years ago.
A lot can change in three years.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, like meeting a great girl
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Dude, its not like I'm cheating on
Rachael with Katie, I just want to
see her
                                                            

9.

                       JAKE
See her?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You don't understand man... I
have Rachael, and I love her.
Seriously, I love her very much.
But thats all I have. Rachael and
I, we do everything together. I
can't go anywhere without her. I
just want to be able to go out
like you and Audrey do, no sexual
tension, just as friends.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Damn, Audrey!
                                                            
                       BRIAN
what do I do about Rachael?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Tell her! I'm late for lunch!
                                                            
Jake quickly runs into the house and grabs his wallet and
keys, hops into his car as he shoves his wallet into his
pocket. Quickly he turns the key but the car doesnt start.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Crap crap not today
                                                            
Jake keeps trying to no avail.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
Audrey is seated with just a glass of water in front of her
when Jake enters and looks around to see her. Audrey gets
out of her seat and waves for Jake to come join her. He
does
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey, I'm so sorry my car wouldn't
start again
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Its okay, I figured thats what had
happened.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
      (approaches table)
What can I get you to drink sir?
                                                            

10.

                       JAKE
Water, please
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
Okay, can I start you guys off
with any appetizers?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Not today, thank you
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
Okay, I'll be right back with your
water
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hows your brother liking church
camp?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
He likes it fine, I just don't
like driving him.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Now is it the fact that its at a
church or that you have to get up
early to take him?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Oh, its purely the driving. I've
accepted the fact that he goes to
church but this is supposed to be
my winter off.
                                                            
                       JAKE
No college student gets a winter
off
                                                            
                       AUDREY
I'm not taking classes, so why do
I still have to get up early?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Family obligations, you check your
grades yet?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea, straight A's
                                                            
                       JAKE
Wow, even english lit?
                                                            

11.

                       AUDREY
Yea, why do you sound so
surprised?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well half way through the semester
you didn't think you would pass
the class, now you have an A.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea well the professor didn't post
any of the grades from any of the
tests for the entire semester
until the very last day so no one
would know what they have in the
class.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea well I told you it would be
fine.
                                                            
Half way through Jake's sentence a couple walks by hand in
hand. The female(Jen) turns and looks back at the table.
                                                            
                       JEN
      (Turning to the
       table)
Oh my God, Jake?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea...
      (Surprised)
Jen? Hey! What are you doing
here?
                                                            
                       JEN
I just moved back to town, what
are you doing here?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Me too, I moved in with my cousin.
You back with your parents?
                                                            
                       JEN
Yea, for the time being. You
remember Todd?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (disappointed)
Oh, yea. Whats up man?
                                                            

12.

                       TODD
      (Speaking slowly,
       he is toasted)
Nothin much man, how are you?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm okay. Uhh how the band
coming?
                                                            
                       TODD
Oh man, I don't play with them
anymore man
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh... so what brings you to town?
                                                            
The waitress arrives carrying Jake's glass of water. She
sets it down in front of him
                                                            
                       TODD
Oh man, I'm playing a set over at
the Jave Cafe man
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
I'm sorry, did you say you were
playing at the Jave Cafe tonight?
                                                            
                       TODD
Oh yea...you should stop by too...
bring some friends.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
      (flirting heavily
       with Todd)
Were you in a band called Mental
Incapacity?
                                                            
                       TODD
Yea, played guitar for them till
we broke up.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
Oh my god, I so saw you guys play
out in California. You guys like
rocked
                                                            
                       TODD
Yea man, you should stop by
tonight.
                                                            

13.

                       VERONICA WAITRESS
      (smiling and
       flirting)
Oh, I'll be there
                                                            
Waitress walks away
                                                            
                       TODD
      (To Jake)
You know where it is?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, I think we went there last
week.
      (To Audrey)
Didn't we?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea, I think thats it
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well, I'm playin there tonight
man. You guys should stop by
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm not doing anything
      (To Audrey)
You wanna go?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (taken aback)
um.....Sure
                                                            
                       TODD
Well, I'll see you guys there man
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, We'll see you two there
                                                            
                       JEN
Oh, I'm not going. I still have a
lot of unpacking to do.
                                                            
                       JAKE
oh...
                                                            
                       TODD
See you tonight man.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea,see ya...
                                                            

14.

Todd and Jen leave. As they walk away they are visabbly
arguing. Jen is waving her hands and is enraged that Todd
would openly flirt with another woman. Audrey tries to get
Jake's attention. He is obviously distracted by Jen.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Jake......Jake......Jake? You
okay?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Huh? yea yea I'm fine
                                                            
                       AUDREY
You don't look so good, you want
to get out of here?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, do you mind?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
No its okay, you want to go back
to my place?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, thats sounds good.
                                                            
Jake and Audrey exit leaving a dollar on the table
                                                            
 
INT. AUDREY'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Audrey runs up the stairs before Jake can catch up. After
Jake reaches the top of the stairs and opens the door to see
Audrey rushing to clean up her room with an armful of
clothes.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Wow, didn't expect this.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Okay okay, I'm a little bit of a
slob
                                                            
Jake pulls out his small camera and takes a picture of the
mess
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling and then
       giving her a hand)
Looks like you need a hand.
      (Starts helping by
       grabbing a hamper
       and throwing
       clothes in it)
            (MORE)

15.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
Here, throw those in here
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (throwing the
       clothes in the
       hamper)
Okay, I've known you what...four
years?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, since I started college
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Okay, so who are Jen and Todd?
                                                            
                       JAKE
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Oh come on, you couldn't take your
eyes off her the entire time.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I never told you about her?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Nope
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (At her computer
       desk covered with
       hundreds of
       pieces of paper.)
Okay, now whats with all the
random pieces of paper?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Don't throw those out, I want
them. And stop changing the
subject!
                                                            
                       JAKE
You could just write them on three
by five cards and keep them in a
box like a normal person.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Now what would be the poetic
nature behind that?
                                                            

16.

                       JAKE
You mean besides organization?
Besides, they aren't your words,
they are someone elses.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (hitting him with
       a pillow)
Stop it and spill it.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Helping her make
       her bed)
Okay, You remember when I told you
about being in theatre in high
school?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea
                                                            
                       JAKE
Okay, well in the summer before my
senior year I went to a theatre
conference. Very big, they take
one person from each high school
in the state.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea, I did a story for the paper
on that my senior year.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, well, when you get there they
split everyone up into groups of
10. Jen and I were the only ones
from this area in the group so we
hit it off.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Okay....then what?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well, we spent the week talking
about pretty much everything.
Turns out she was little miss
popular in school...
                                                            
                       AUDREY
And you weren't.
                                                            

17.

                       JAKE
      (laughing)
Not by any stretch of the
imagination
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Well then what?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well one night a few months after
the conference was over her and I
went for a walk around her
neighborhood... you know, just to
catch up.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Okay... so whats the big deal?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (disappointed)
Well, I just always thought that I
missed something. Like she wanted
me to do something.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
You let that pass by? How could
you do that?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (running his hands
       through his hair
       and rubbing his
       forehead)
I..I don't know. I just, I just
didn't know what to do.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
You must have seen her after that,
what happened?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well, we got together once a week
or so and we talked online but...
                                                            
                       AUDREY
But it never came again right?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea...
                                                            
                       AUDREY
So why didn't you just ask her
out? You know, like a normal guy?
                                                            

18.

                       JAKE
I wanted to but a few months later
she started dating some college
drop out turned musician.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Todd?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea. Him and I never saw eye to
eye so Jen made a choice. She
decided he was more worth it than
me, So we had a falling out.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Even if you did, that was four
years ago. A lot changes in four
years.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, we tried reconciling a few
times. Never worked out.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Beacuse of him?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I know it sounds like I'm being
judgemental but she can do so much
better than him.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Like you?
                                                            
                       JAKE
No, no it was never about me. I
mean, you saw her today. Didn't
she look completely run down?
She's looked that way ever since
they started dating.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
I don't know, I don't know what
she looked like before hand.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Going to her
       computer and
       logging onto his
       email)
Here
                                                            

19.

                       AUDREY
Thats the same girl?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, just over four years ago
                                                            
                       AUDREY
God she was beautiful. Why did
she stick with him for four years?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Rock star persona, she always
wanted to be famous. When she's
with him, she lives a rock star
life I guess.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Oh...
                                                            
Jake's cell phone beeps at him meaning he is receiving a
text message. He opens his phone and its from an old
theater friend names Kelly.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh wow... hey you remember my
friend Kelly?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea, Kelly McNeil, What about her?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Her sister just got back in town,
we should invite them along
tonight.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Thats fine I guess, she just makes
me uneasy.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea well, last time you two were
together I seem to remember a
heated discussion.
                                                            
                       JAKE
She is just too conservative. I
don't know, its like she has her
mind made up...and nothin will
change it.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, well she is too conservative
for me and you're too liberal for
me but I still get along with both
            (MORE)

20.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
of you.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea, its fine, You want to call
them?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Nah, its almost time to get over
to the coffee shop anyway.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
We still have over an hour till
the show starts...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well yea but by the time we get to
Kelly's house, through rush hour
traffic and down to the restaurant
we might be late.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Okay, thanks for helping with my
room.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Lets go
                                                            
Audrey grabs her purse and follows Jake out the door. She
clumsily runs back into the room looking around frantically
before finally finding her purse and leaving for good.
                                                            
 
EXT. KELLY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake and Audrey drive up in Audrey's car. They get out and
ring the doorbell. Kelly answers. Jake snaps a picture
                                                            
                       KELLY
      (Smiling)
Geez.....Hey
      (Giving Jake a hug)
What are you guys doing here?
                                                            
Mellissa comes to the door looking sexy in a classy way.
                                                            
                       KELLY
Oh, Jake. Do you remember my
sister Mellissa?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea hey, whats bring you back to
town city girl?
                                                            

21.

                       MELLISSA
I graduated early. How are you?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm good. How do you like New
York?
      (turning to Audrey)
Mellissa, this is my friend Audrey
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Nice to meet you. New York is
great though, what are you guys
doing here?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Actually, we are on our way over
to a coffee house to see a friend
of mine play. Wondering if you
two would like to join us.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Oh, I wish I could, I still have
a lot of unpacking.
                                                            
                       JAKE
What about you Kelly?
                                                            
                       KELLY
I think I'll pass, I have to get
stuff ready for the party tomorrow
night.
                                                            
                       JAKE
The party?
                                                            
                       KELLY
Yea, didn't I text you about that
last week?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Ummm, no. I don't think so.
                                                            
                       KELLY
Oh, well Tuesday we are having a
welcome home party for Mellissa,
you two should stop bye.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, Sounds like fun. Well, we
gotta get goin, see you tomorrow.
                                                            

22.

                       KELLY
      (Closing the door)
Bye
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Turning to Audrey)
Well that was pointless
                                                            
 
INT. THE JAVA CAFE - NIGHT
                                                            
Audrey and Jake are seated in a coffee house listening to
Todd's acoustic set. Jake takes out his camera and takes a
picture of Todd. The waitress Veronica Miller is seated at
a near by table with two of her friends. As Todd finishes
up his set, Audrey and Jake get ready to leave. Todd walks
over to the table holding his acoustic guitar case.
                                                            
                       TODD
      (sitting down on
       the table)
Hey man, what did you think of the
set man?
                                                            
                       JAKE
It was ummm different.
                                                            
                       TODD
      (turning to Audrey)
What did you think?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
I liked it.
                                                            
Veronica Miller approaches
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
      (walks by casually
       on her way out)
Hey, that was amazing
                                                            
                       TODD
Thanks. Well man, Jen is waitin
for me. I'll catch you two later.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (shaking Todd's
       hand)
See ya
                                                            

23.

                       JAKE
      (leaning in to
       Audrey)
God that was horrid
                                                            
                       JAKE
Now I know why he didn't sing in
his band.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Good thing it was free
                                                            
                       JAKE
You're telling me. If I had paid
for that I would have killed
myself.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
I would have done that for you.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Lets get out of here.
                                                            
Jake and Audrey leave their half empty cups on the table and
throw in a dollar each before getting up and leaving. As
they exit, you hear a younger woman get on the stage and
state the she plans to read some poetry.
                                                            
 
EXT. OUTSIDE JAVA CAFE - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake and Audrey walk outside to leave. Audrey is getting
the keys from her purse when Jake pulls on her arm.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Shhh, look
                                                            
Audrey turns to see Todd making out and groping Veronica
against the wall outside. Jen drives up in her car.
                                                            
                       JEN
      (Getting out of
       the car)
What the hell are you doing?
                                                            
Todd doesn't notice as Jen walks up behind him and slaps him
                                                            
                       TODD
Oww oww
                                                            
Todd reaches to slap Jen as Jake grabs his hand at the top
and throws him to the ground.
                                                            

24.

                       JAKE
Don't do that
                                                            
                       JEN
      (slapping him
       repeatedly)
What are you doing?
                                                            
Jake pulls Jen off Todd and Jen goes into Audrey's arms as
Jake picks Todd up.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (To Veronica)
Get the hell out of here
                                                            
Veronica hands Todd a small piece of paper
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
Call me
                                                            
                       JAKE
Go!
                                                            
                       JEN
Lying cheating bastard!
                                                            
                       TODD
Aww Jen, let me explain.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Dude, just go away
                                                            
                       TODD
Man this has nothin to do with you
                                                            
                       JEN
      (running up and
       hitting Todd in
       the chest)
You promised!
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (pulling Jen off
       Todd and into his
       arms)
Todd, get the hell out of here!
                                                            
Jake holds Jen as they walk over to Audrey's car.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Wipes the sweat
       from her face)
Come here, come here, you're okay
                                                            

25.

                       JEN
He told me he'd never do it again,
he lied to me again!
                                                            
                       JAKE
We should get you out of here, you
want to come back to my place?
                                                            
                       JEN
Do you mind? Todd is probably on
his way to my house right now.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (after a long
       pause... trying
       to get them to
       move along)
You ride with her, I'll follow
you.
                                                            
                       JEN
Okay
      (handing Jake the
       keys)
Will you drive?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Sure
                                                            
Jake opens the passenger door for Jen to get in and then
gets in the drivers side.
                                                            
 
INT. CONDO - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake, Audrey, and Jen enter through the front door to find
no one home.
                                                            
                       JEN
      (walking around
       the living room)
This is where you live?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea
                                                            
                       JEN
Its nice, can I use the bathroom?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Pointing to the
       bathroom)
Yea, right over there
                                                            

26.

Jen leaves for the bathroom and turns on the faucet.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
You guys going to be okay?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, we'll be fine
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Listen, she's been through a lot
tonight okay? Just...don't do
anything.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I know what she's going though.
      (pause)
I'm a good guy remember?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (giving him a hug)
Okay, I'll talk to you tomorrow
then okay?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Okay, sorry about this.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (smiling)
Its alright. Just make sure she
is okay.
                                                            
Audrey leaves as Jake walks into the kitchen and gets out
two glasses. He pours himself and Jen a glass of water..
After a few moments, Jen comes out, walks over, and sits on
the couch.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (handing her a
       glass)
Hey, feeling any better?
                                                            
                       JEN
Little bit. Thanks
                                                            
                       JAKE
Listen, about earlier...
                                                            
                       JEN
Don't, I just don't want to talk
about him tonight.
                                                            

27.

                       JAKE
      (looking into her
       eyes)
Okay.
                                                            
After a few speachless moments, Jen leans over and kisses
Jake pulls back. He stands up and walks to the kitchen
flabbergasted and unsure how to react.
                                                            
                       JEN
Dammit, I'm, I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Listen, my room is in there.
      (points to his
       room, acting
       disappointed)
Why don't you try to get some
sleep.
                                                            
                       JEN
I'm sorry!
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (walking over to
       Jen)
Please, just get some sleep, Ill
see you in the morning
                                                            
                       JEN
      (Getting up and
       walking to his
       room)
No... please lets just talk about
this.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Talk about what? Its fine... and
I understand why you did that but
I just think you need some sleep.
                                                            
                       JEN
      (taking her glass,
       she is visibly
       upset)
Fine... goodnight
                                                            
 
INT. CONDO - NIGHT
                                                            
Its 3 a.m. and Jake is up watching TV. Rachael walks out of
her room in her PJs. She notices Jake sitting there and
speaks to him as she is walking.
                                                            

28.

                       RACHAEL
Hey, what are you doing up?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Been a long night.
                                                            
                       JEN
      (taking a sip and
       looking back)
You okay?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (distracted)
Yea
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
      (curling up on the
       couch with him)
Okay, whats wrong?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Don't worry about it
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Aww come on, you're the closest
thing to girly gossip that I have.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea well, I've got a friend in my
room that just came on to me after
she caught her boyfriend of 4
years making out with some other
girl...
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Ouch, you didn't do anything did
you?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I pulled away and made her go to
bed, thats why I'm out here.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Its not Audrey is it?
                                                            
                       JAKE
No, someone else...
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
      (Getting up to
       leave)
Listen, I don't know how well you
know this person, but chances are
she would have done that to
            (MORE)

29.

                       RACHAEL (cont'd)
anyone. Just don't do anything
you're going to regret.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (looking at her)
I won't
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
One day you will find someone that
makes you happy, If I can, anyone
can.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, you got lucky. For some
reason it just seems like I won't
ever find that person.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Jake, you're 22... forever is a
long ways away. She is out
there... you just have to wait for
the timing to be right.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea... timing sucks a lot of the
time cause it feels like I've been
waiting forever to find someone.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Hey, you're one of the few good
guys out there... I doubt you will
be looking much longer.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
You will find someone... I
promise. Unfortunately , I've got
to get up early. I'll see you
tomorrow.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Alright, good night.
                                                            
 
INT. CONDO - DAY
                                                            
Jake is up in the kitchen making eggs bacon and pancakes. He
puts a couple pancakes some eggs and some bacon on a plate.
Justin walks out of his room.
                                                            

30.

                       JUSTIN
Hey
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey.
      (pause)
want some breakfast?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Oh, yea thanks
      (Pause)
Listen, I'm not trying to be a
pain, but I need rent.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm trying man, there isn't much
out there right now.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
So get something part time. I
can't make my mortgage without
your rent, I didn't get the bonus
at work yet so I'm pressed as it
is.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'll go out today okay? Just let
me get Jen up and out of here.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Yea well maybe you should spend
less time worrying about your
girlfriends and more time worrying
about your responsibilities.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I am worried about my
responsibilities!
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Then how do you justify going out
last night and spending money that
you don't have!
                                                            
                       JAKE
I spent two dollars last night...
      (Phone rings)
Hold on...
                                                            
Jake answers his phone
                                                            

31.

                       JAKE
Hello? This is Jake Rollins. Yes
sir I did. I faxed it to you a
couple weeks ago and sent it in an
email as well. Well thank you
sir. An interview?
      (grabbing a pen
       and writing on a
       pad)
Tuesday. 3 O'clock. Thank you Mr
Bailey, I'll see you then. Bye
                                                            
Jake hangs up the phone and goes back to making breakfast
for everyone(5 plates)
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (as Brian and
       Rachael walk out
       of their room)
Who was that?
                                                            
                       JAKE
That was a Mr. George Bailey,
editor for The Florida Fishing
Gazzette. I have a job interview.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Really? Thats great man.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, Sports writing, right up my
alley.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I've never heard of them though.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, their website said they are a
branch of a larger publishing
company.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Well, thats great Jake,
congratulations!
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Man... is fishing even a sport?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (putting the
       plates on the
       table.)
Don't know, don't care. It would
            (MORE)

32.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
be a foot in the door. Eat up!
                                                            
Jake grabs a plate and a glass of juice and walks to his
bedroom.
                                                            
 
INT. JAKE'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake enters as the sunlight shines across Jen's face and her
eyes pierce his. Jake sits on the edge of the bed.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (brushing the hair
       from her face)
Hey, how'd you sleep?
                                                            
                       JEN
      (sitting up in bed)
mmm great
      (stretching)
How'd you sleep?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Fine, oh here, brought this for
you.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Listen, I was up all night trying
to think of a way to tell you
this...
                                                            
                       JEN
What is it?
                                                            
                       JAKE
you're a, you're a fantastic girl.
I know the past few years haven't
been easy but I still look at you
the same way I did five years ago
when we fist met.
      (smiling)
You're still an angel. You are
still the girl guys like me dream
about. It doesn't matter to me
whats gone wrong in your
life...You're still the angel and
you will always be that angel. No
matter what happens, I'm right
here, I'm not letting you go
again. I can't.
                                                            

33.

                       JEN
Jake I... with everything that
happened last night and our past I
just don't think talking about you
and me right now is a good idea.
                                                            
                       JAKE
No no... I understand... I just
needed you to know how I see
you... you haven't changed to me.
                                                            
                       JEN
      (leaning up and
       hugging him)
Thanks, I needed that.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (handing her a
       plate)
Here, eat up before it gets cold
                                                            
                       JEN
      (taking the plate)
Thanks, you have any syrup?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh yea, ummm, let me grab it.
                                                            
Jake exits as Jen reaches over and picks up her phone and
looks at it. Jake walks back in.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Whats wrong?
                                                            
                       JEN
Nothing, seventeen missed calls.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, all from Todd?
                                                            
                       JEN
Yea, figures.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (taking her phone
       from her)
Don't worry about him now okay?
Eat some breakfast, get a shower,
and then take some time to think.
                                                            
Jake gets up and grabs some clothes from his closet.
                                                            

34.

                       JAKE
I'm going to grab a shower okay?
You just relax.
                                                            
Jake walks out
                                                            
 
INT. JAKE;S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake walks out of the bathroom dressed as he dries his hair
and walks back into his room. Jen is sitting on the bed
looking at her cell phone.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (looking at her)
Whats wrong?
                                                            
                       JEN
Oh...nothin, I ummm checked my
voicemail.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, what did he have to say?
                                                            
                       JEN
He's upset but he says he's sorry.
He wants to know where I've been
all night.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You call him back yet?
                                                            
                       JEN
No, Listen, i really oughta get
going.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Alright...Call me later and let me
know whats going on okay?
                                                            
                       JEN
      (Getting up and
       hugging him)
Okay, thanks so much
                                                            
                       JAKE
Take care.
                                                            
Jen exits as Jake follows her
                                                            
 

35.

INT. CONDO FRONT PORCH - DAY
                                                            
Jake waves goodbye to Jen as she pulls away. Jake then
takes out his phone adn calls Audrey.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey...Yea, its me. How was your
night? Thats good. You're never
going to believe this. How'd you
guess? Yea yea. The interview is
tomorrow at 3.
      (Jen drives back
       up)
Oh hey, can I call you back? okay,
talk to you later. Bye
                                                            
                       JEN
      (looking out her
       passenger window)
Hey...you want to go for a walk?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Sure.
                                                            
 
EXT. ON A RESIDENTIAL STREET - DAY
                                                            
Jake and Jen are walking down the center of a residential
upscale street
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Backing Up and
       pulling out his
       old camera)
Stand in the middle of the street.
                                                            
                       JEN
Oh God, you still have that old
thing?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Humor me?
                                                            
                       JEN
Fine
                                                            
Jen strikes a series of movie star poses as Jake takes a
couple of pictures
                                                            
                       JAKE
Beautiful
                                                            

36.

                       JEN
God you're old
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling)
Just old fashioned
                                                            
Odd Silence
                                                            
                       JEN
Do you mind if I ask you
something?
                                                            
                       JAKE
No, whats up?
                                                            
                       JEN
We've known each other for how
long? 5 years?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea
                                                            
                       JEN
You remember after the conference?
You came over to my place.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, we got lost in the woods
behind your house... by the time
we found your house again it was
dark out.
                                                            
Jen smiles and shakes her head Yes
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea... it was hot as hell out.
                                                            
                       JEN
Well, why didn't you do anything?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (confused)
Do anything?
                                                            
                       JEN
Yea you know, any other guy would
have tried to kiss me or something
but you didn't.
                                                            

37.

                       JAKE
I, I wanted to....I just didn't
want you to think that I got us
lost for that.
                                                            
                       JEN
Lost? I was never lost... I grew
up in those woods. I knew exactly
where we were
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling)
I know
                                                            
                       JEN
You know? What do you mean you
know?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Jen, we walked by the back end of
your house half a dozen times.
Hell, your little brother waved at
us.
                                                            
                       JEN
okay....Well after that why didn't
you ask me out?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Honestly?
                                                            
                       JEN
Please
                                                            
                       JAKE
Honestly
      (stalling)
I just wasn't ready to be in a
relationship.
                                                            
Jen just stares at him
                                                            
                       JAKE
Alright. Before I met you I was
in a relationship with a really
great girl.
                                                            
                       JEN
What happened?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I..I don't know. A month into it,
it just got to the point where
everything she did annoyed me to
            (MORE)

38.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
no end. The way she talked, the
way she ate, just the sound of her
voice drove me up the wall.
                                                            
                       JEN
So thats why you never asked me
out? Because you had one bad
experience?
                                                            
                       JAKE
It wasn't a bad experience... she
really was a great girl... and I
didn't want it to happen with you.
I mean, I really enjoyed being
with you, I didn't want it to end
up that way.
                                                            
                       JEN
If you really liked me, you would
have given me a chance.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (saying it
       definitivly)
I wanted to, I...I really did. I
just thought something was wrong
with me
                                                            
                       JEN
And now?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Now what? Its five years later
and we are in the same place we
were back then.
                                                            
                       JEN
      (running her hand
       down his arm)
We don't have to be...
      (Jen moves up and
       starts to kiss
       his neck)
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (pushing her away)
God, will you stop, will you just
stop!
      (pause)
God, what is wrong with you?
                                                            

39.

                       JEN
      (Screaming)
This is what you wanted isn't it?
      (pointing down at
       the way she is
       dressed, very
       revealing)
This is what you wanted from me!
                                                            
Jake just looks at her for a few moments, then turns and
walks away
                                                            
                       JEN
Don't you walk away from me
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (turning to her)
No! That was never what I wanted
from you! I am not Todd, or any
of your other boyfriends. You
want to sleep with them to make
them like you then thats fine but
I know you. I've known you for
years. You think sex is what I
want? I hoped you knew me better
than that by now...
                                                            
Jake walks away with Jen in the background standing there.
                                                            
 
INT. MONTAGE - JENS ROOM AND JAKES ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Musical Montage of Jen and Jake thinking about each other.
Its Jen walking back to her car as Jake walks down the empty
streets in front of many nice houses. Eventually they both
get home and we see Jake sitting on his computer. Jen
sitting in the car in front of her house crying, Todd coming
out and giving her a hug as they are back together and it
ends with Jake laying in bed in a dark room with just the
light from his window lighting his face.
                                                            
 
INT. JAKE'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake is seated at hims computer typing when his cell phone
rings. He answers
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (excited)
Hello?
      (more timid,
       slightly
       disappointed)
Oh, hey. Lunch? Umm yea thats
            (MORE)

40.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
okay I guess, but I have an
interview at
three..............Yea, I know the
place. Okay, see you there in a
few. Bye.
                                                            
Jake grabs his suit jacket and walks out the door.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
Jake and Jen are seated eating their meals when Jen finally
breaks the silence.
                                                            
                       JEN
Are you going to talk at all?
                                                            
                       JAKE
About what?
                                                            
                       JEN
So you just want to leave things
be? The way they are. Just like
this?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Like what Jen?
      (pause)
Listen, I was wrong last night. I
was wrong to think that you were
the same girl I knew five years
ago. But I do know that the Jen I
knew back then isn't the one I
know now.
      (pause)
You've changed. I've changed.
What I wanted back then is the
same thing I want now. But I
can't be a rebound guy....not with
you I can't. If you two break up
and you decide, down the road,
that I'm the guy for you then we
take it from there. But I can't
be just the next guy for you.
                                                            
                       JEN
That's what I wanted to talk to
you about. Umm, I talked to Todd
last night. We're going to give
it another shot.
                                                            

41.

                       JAKE
      (obviously
       disappointed)
Oh
                                                            
                       JEN
We think we have something special
and we don't want to lose it.
                                                            
                       JAKE
He thinks or you think?
                                                            
                       JEN
Listen, I'm sorry it had to happen
this way....but I love him. This
is to cover the meal
      (hands Jake a
       twenty dollar
       bill)
I'm sorry.
                                                            
Jen gets up and leaves as Jake just sits there.
                                                            
 
INT. BUSINESS OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Jake enters an office to see a secretary filing her nails
behind the desk. Jake approaches.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
What can I do for you sir?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm Jake Rollins, I've got a three
o'clock meeting with Mr. Bell.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
Okay, just a minute.
                                                            
The secretary gets up and goes into the back office and
comes back a few seconds later.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Mr Bell will see you now, follow
me.
                                                            
Jake follows the secretary back into Mr Bell's office. Mr
Bell rises and shakes Jake's hand.
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
Nice to meet ya Jake, Joseph Bell.
                                                            

42.

                       JAKE
Nice to meet you.
                                                            
The secretary starts to walk away as Mr Bell reaches over
and grabs her bottom. She jumps a little but lets him pull
her back into her lap, putting one foot on the desk showing
her leg and running her hand down his chest.
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
Hey doll, why don't you go get me
a cup of coffee.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
Oh, okay
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
You want a cup Jake?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, no I'm okay
                                                            
As she gets up, Mr Bell grabs her bottom again. She walks
out.
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
      (watching her walk
       back to her desk
       off screen)
Perks of the job my boy, perks of
the job. Alright, down to
business. You have your resume?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Sliding it across
       the desk)
Yea, right here
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
      (looking over it)
Mmmhmmm, mmmhmmm. Well, you seem
to have a lot of experience for a
recent graduate.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yes, and here is a copy or an
article I wrote last year on the
schools baseball team.
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
Okay, looks good.
      (walking back to
       the door)
Misty! Where is my coffee?
                                                            

43.

                       SECRETARY
I'm sorry I'm sorry. Here
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (taking it and
       spilling some on
       his hand)
Owww!!
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
      (wiping it off)
Oh god...
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
You know, you're lucky you got a
rack like that or else I woulda
kicked ya to the curb a long time
ago.
      (reaches up and
       unbuttons the
       next button on
       her blouse,
       showing her bra)
I keep you here to look good, do
that!
                                                            
The secretary looks down and ashamed as she starts to walk
out.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Standing and
       grabbing her arm)
Hey, you don't just treat people
like that.
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
Excuse me?
                                                            
                       JAKE
You keep her around for her rack?
Who the hell do you think you are?
                                                            
Secretary buttons up her blouse.
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
Okay Okay, you're right. Misty,
thank you for the coffee.
      (looking back over
       Jake's article)
Now back to your article here Jake
                                                            

44.

                       JAKE
      (Relaxing slightly
       back in the chair)
Okay, what questions do you have?
                                                            
                       MR. BELL
Yea, just one. Why the hell are
you still sitting in my office?
      (Screaming)
Get the hell out of here... or I
will physically toss your bony ass
to the cub myself
                                                            
Mr. bell grabs Jake by the collar and helps him to the door
and shoves him out and slams the door behind him.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
You know how much trouble you just
caused me? Just get out of here.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Caused you? I was just trying to
help.
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
Help? Ill be lucky to keep this
damn job.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Lucky?
                                                            
                       SECRETARY
Yea... unless you are planning on
comin over and taking care of my 3
kids, get the hell out of here.
                                                            
Jake Exits
                                                            
 
EXT. AUDREY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake is sitting at the curb outside of Audrey's house when
Audrey walks out talking on her cell phone.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea...No, thats fine. Yea, I'll
see ya there in a few.
      (seeing Jake)
Oh, actually, can you give me a
half hour? Okay, I'll see you
then.
      (walking over to
       Jake)
            (MORE)

45.

                       AUDREY (cont'd)
Hey, you okay?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Ummm, define okay.
                                                            
Audrey sits down next to him
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Okay, whats wrong?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I went out to lunch with Jen
today...
                                                            
                       AUDREY
And?
                                                            
                       JAKE
And...she is going back to Todd
                                                            
                       AUDREY
She give you a reason or anything?
                                                            
                       JAKE
If she did, would you believe it
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (Shaking her head)
No
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (disappointed)
No
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Well you had your interview today,
how'd that go?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, terrible. I'm in the office
with him and the entire time he is
touchin his secretary and talkin
down to her. When I stood up for
her, he threw me out.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Oh God, that bad?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, I don't think I got the job.
                                                            

46.

                       AUDREY
      (chuckling)
No, I don't think so.
      (pause)
Well, I was talking to my uncle
and he said you could have the
job. He said to show up when you
wanted to start and he will take
care of you.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well, you might as well tell him
I'll take it. I need something
for now.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
I know its not what you want. But
its a magazine job, even if its
just loading trucks.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea. A friend of mine and I are
heading to see a movie, you want
to come with us?
                                                            
                       JAKE
No, I have to head over to Kelly
and Mellissa's still.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Okay, well, do you want to come
inside for a little bit?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Standing up)
Nah, I should get going.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (hugging him)
Okay, call me tomorrow okay?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I will, bye.
                                                            
 
INT. KELLY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake arrives at Kelly's house and knocks on the front door.
Mellissa answers wearing a beautiful yet simple evening
dress.
                                                            

47.

                       MELLISSA
      (Smiling)
Hey, come on in.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Thanks
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
There's food in the kitchen. Soda
and beer in a cooler on the back
porch.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, thanks
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Kelly's around here somewhere.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, thanks Mellissa.
                                                            
Jake makes his way to the back porch where he finds two
coolers. He opens the first cooler to find it full of soda.
He opens the second cooler and pulls out a beer. He opens
it and heads back into the living room where he finds Kelly
talking with two handsome young men. Kelly notices him and
quickly takes him with her to the other room.
                                                            
                       KELLY
Hey, where is Audrey?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, she couldn't make it.
                                                            
                       KELLY
Thats too bad. You remember
Robert?
      (She points to a
       guy at the end of
       the room)
                                                            
Jake turns to look. When he turns back, Kelly is walking
back to the two young men.
                                                            
                       MAN #1
Hey Kel, who was that?
                                                            
                       KELLY
Oh him? He is no one.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (taking a sip)
Great
                                                            

48.

Jake turns around to fine Mellissa standing behind him
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
She's amazing isnt she?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, something like that. So why
aren't you being the social
butterfly? Isn't this party for
you?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea, my parents threw me a party
with a bunch of people I don't
know.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Parents...
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
They mean well
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea
      (pause)
Well how has New York been? I
haven't seen you in what, 5 years?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea, school has been great though.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Your sister showed me one of your
performances, You're very
talented.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (Blushing)
Thanks, how's the writing going?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (laughing it off)
Its going. Trying to get a job.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
I can't imagine thats any easier
than getting an acting job.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (laughing)
Doubt it. But its a dream, just
like yours
                                                            

49.

                       MELLISSA
Nothing yet?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Had an interview today, that
didn't go over too well.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
I'm sorry to hear that but you are
good, something will come up.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, I'm starting a job tomorrow
as a shipping clerk for a local
magazine.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Thats good, at least its kind of
in your field. The only thing
I've been offered is as one of
those phone sex girls.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I don't think thats going to go
over too well with your parents.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
No, don't think so.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (After a long
       pause)
Well, I should really get going.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Already?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, I'm just here to make an
appearance
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Oh
                                                            
                       JAKE
Besides, I have to get up early
tomorrow
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Okay, well it was great talking to
you.
                                                            

50.

                       JAKE
You too
                                                            
Mellissa and Jake both turn to head in opposite directions
when Jake makes up his mind.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (turning around,
       nervously
       fumbling his
       hands around in
       his pockets)
Hey, you want to go out to dinner
tomorrow night?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea, that sounds like fun.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (nervously smiling
       and trying not to
       stammer.)
Okay, Pick you up at Eight?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
That sounds nice. I guess I will
see you then.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Okay, bye.
                                                            
 
INT. JAKE'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake is getting dressed for his first day on the job as he
in on the phone with his mother having the same old
arguement.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Very distracted)
Yea mom. I know, yes. Listen, I
need to get going. Yes, to my
dead end job. You know what? I
am doing my best. I know, I
should have gone to business
school. Yea yea, I am wasting my
life. Mom, I gotta go. Talk to
you later. Bye.
                                                            
Jake grabs his cell phone, wallet, and keys and walks out.
                                                            
 

51.

INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake enters from his room into the living room where Brian
and Rachael are having a heated discussion.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
No, I will not lighten up. I want
to know why the hell you are
talking to her?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why are you taking this so
seriously, its not a big deal.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Not a big deal? You two dated for
3 years before you met me, I think
I deserve to know why you are
talking to her?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Jake, will you tell her its not a
big deal!
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
      (Turning to Jake)
Did you know about this?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (At the front door)
Yea...
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Great, thats nice to know.
                                                            
Rachael storms out of the room.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (pulling out his
       cell phone)
I told you to talk to her.
                                                            
Jake stands there waiting for a response. Instead Brian
just lets out one giant scream of rage and walks out on to
the back porch and lights a cigarette. Jake hits Dial as he
closes the front door.
                                                            
 
EXT. JAKE'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Jake exits from his residence while on the phone with
Audrey.
                                                            

52.

                       JAKE
Hey, How are you? No, I'm good.
You still coming over tonight?
      (Jake gets into
       his car)
You coming over later? Six? Okay
cause I have to pick her up at
eight. Okay, see you then. Bye.
                                                            
Jake puts his key into the ignition and turns it. Once
again, the car will not start. He tries again to no avail.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Crap, not today.
                                                            
Jake exits the car and opens the hood. He messes around
under it before going back to try again. His gets back into
his car and has the same problem. He hits the steering
wheel before trying it a third time and it finally catches.
He backs out of his parking spot.
                                                            
 
INT. SMALL WAREHOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Jake enters a small, dirty building filled with boxes. He
comes across his new boss moving boxes.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hello, are you Mr. McNeil?
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Hey, you must be Jake.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yes sir.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Well, pull up a box, I'll go over
everything with you.
                                                            
Jake takes a seat on a box.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Well this is our shipping
warehouse. Your basic job will
require you to load trucks that
come in for the magazines, check
the vendor invoices, keep a
running book of what comes in and
what goes out. We usually get
anywhere from 4 to 10 trucks in a
given day and each truck usually
takes around half an hour to
complete from check in to
            (MORE)

53.

                       MR. MCNEIL (cont'd)
resealing the truck. Other than
that, you are free to do what you
want when there is no truck. Just
make sure the warehouse is safe
and make sure you lock it up when
you take a lunch or leave for the
day. Your hours will be Monday
through Friday from 9 to 5. You
take your break whenever you have
nothing to do. It is a paid
break. One thing that I am a real
pain about is tidyness. I want
this place to be kept neat at all
times. How does that sound?
                                                            
                       JAKE
That sounds good but, if you don't
mind, how much does this pay?
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Ten dollars an hour.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Sounds good.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Okay, well, if you follow me I
will give you the tour of the
property.
                                                            
 
INT. CONDO LIVINGROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake enters slowly with Audrey. Obviously in pain. Justin
is sitting in the living room when he enters.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Hey, how was work?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (straining)
Guess...
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
When do you get paid?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Next Friday, don't worry you will
get your money.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Just making sure.
                                                            

54.

                       RACHAEL
      (screaming from
       the other room)
What? Get the hell out of here!
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (Going into his
       room)
Here we go again.
                                                            
                       JAKE
They still fighting?
                                                            
Jake realizes that Justin is gone as Brian gets pushed out
of his room.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (Trying to get a
       word in edge
       wise.)
Just let me explain.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
      (inside the room
       throwing crap at
       him.)
Just get the hell out.
                                                            
Door slam. Brian is covered in random male and female
clothes that Rachael threw at him.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (turning and
       pulling the
       excess clothes
       off of him.)
Yea...she didn't take this too
well.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Did you break up with her?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No... I just told her that I was
going to have lunch with my ex.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Ouch.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Is that wrong of me to say that?
                                                            

55.

                       AUDREY
Should I explain this to him?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh man, Think about it, does she
want you talking to your ex
girlfriend?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I just dont want her to control
me.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (Trying to follow
       the faulty logic)
Okay, now what if she wanted to
see her ex boyfriend again.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
So? She is with me now.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea but thats you. She isnt as
secure as you are.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (turning to Jake)
Are you saying that girls are more
insecure than guys are?
                                                            
                       JAKE
No... I'm saying that before
Brian, Rachael's last boyfriend
cheated on her and she has a damn
good reason to be insecure about
Brian talking to his ex even if we
all know it won't lead to
anything.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (Walking out the
       front door.)
Yea, well maybe her insecurity is
the problem.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (To Audrey)
Just, don't worry about them. They
will figure it out.. Lets go.
                                                            
Jake and Audrey enter his room.
                                                            
 

56.

INT. JAKE'S ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake and Audrey enter. Jake sits down on the bed as Audrey
heads for the closet.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
So where are you taking her?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Usual place.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
So something somewhat nice?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, I don't know what.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (Pulling some
       clothes out)
How about this?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I don't know. You pick, thats why
you're here.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Come on, stand up.
                                                            
Jake sits up on the bed and stands up. Audrey puts the
clothes up against him.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
No.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Audrey tosses the clothes on the
bed and turns back to the closet
with another set. She holds it up
against him.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Not this either.
                                                            
Audrey starts digging through the closet.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
We really need to take you
shopping.
      (She stops and
       pulls out a nice
       pair of pants and
       a nice shirt from
       the back of his
            (MORE)

57.

                       AUDREY (cont'd)
       closet)
Why not this?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Wow, I haven't worn that in a long
time.
      (noticing her look)
Oh no. I'm not wearing that. My
mom bought that for me years ago.
I've only wore it once...
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Do you want to look nice?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, but thats ugly
                                                            
                       AUDREY
No....no, it actually looks really
nice.
      (Holds it up to
       him)
Yes, this with your black shoes.
      (Pauses, realizes
       he isn't going to
       move)
Alright.
      (Handing him the
       hangers and
       pushes him to the
       door)
Go get your shower
                                                            
Jake reluctantly leaves and closes the door.
                                                            
 
EXT. KELLY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake knocks on the door and Kelly answers.
                                                            
                       KELLY
Hey
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey
                                                            
                       KELLY
Mels' not ready yet, come on in.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Thanks
                                                            

58.

                       KELLY
I assume you know I'm not happy
about this?
                                                            
                       JAKE
And I suppose you know its none of
your business.
                                                            
                       KELLY
She isn't like other girls you
have dated.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I haven't dated anyone since high
school, so don't lecture me about
who I have dated. Its not like
your track record is any better.
                                                            
                       KELLY
Oh, don't even start that crap
with me I have been in.......
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (cutting her off)
Then don't start with me. Just
leave it at this.
                                                            
Mellissa enters looking amazing.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (Nervous)
Hey
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Just as nervous)
Hey,
      (pause)
You look amazing
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (her face lights
       up)
Thanks, umm you ready to go?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea.
                                                            
As they leave, Jake opens the door for her and closes it
behind her.
                                                            
 

59.

EXT. KELLY'S DRIVEWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Mellissa exits first followed by Jake. Mellissa gets to the
passenger side door.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Let me get that for you.
                                                            
Jake opens the door for her and helps her into the car. He
walks to the drivers side and gets in also.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake and Mellissa are seated and talking when Veronica walks
up.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
Hey folks, what can I do..Oh. Um
hi
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, hey, How are you.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
I'm good, about the other night I
just..
                                                            
                       JAKE
Its okay, Ummm, everything worked
itself out.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
So did they get back together?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, yea, they ummm, worked it out
apparently.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
Good, good. So what can I get you
two to drink?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Unsweet tea please?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Oh, I'll have the same thank you.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Unsweet tea? A northern thing?
                                                            

60.

                       MELLISSA
Yea, I guess its a northern thing.
                                                            
                       JAKE
How was acting school?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Oh, it was amazing. So many
talented people.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh I bet. So now you are done?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea, I'm supposed to have an
audition later on this week.
                                                            
                       JAKE
So soon? How did that happen?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea my agent set it up.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You have an agent already?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea, signed when I finished
school. Lucky for me they are
going to be down here casting.
Enough about me, hows your job
going?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, its... well, its different.
Hard work but at least it pays the
bills.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Thats all that matters. Still
looking for a job with your
degree?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
      (Approaching the
       table)
Here you two go. You two ready to
order?
                                                            

61.

                       JAKE
Actually, I havent even looked at
the menu yet, could you give us a
few more mintues?
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
Sure
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
Fade in on Veronica coming back to the table with the check.
Jake and Mellissa are laughing.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
Here you go.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Putting the card
       back in his
       wallet)
Thank you, have a good night.
                                                            
                       VERONICA WAITRESS
You two.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You ready to go?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea
                                                            
Jake and Mellissa get up and leave. Jake opens the door for
her again.
                                                            
 
EXT. KELLY'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake is leaning against his car door with Mellissa in his
arms.
                                                            
                       JAKE
So, what are you doing tomorrow
night?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Nothing yet, what did you have in
mind?
                                                            
                       JAKE
You want to come over and watch a
movie?
                                                            

62.

                       MELLISSA
Sure, what time?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I get off at 5, so 6?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (Smiling)
Okay.
      (Pause)
Well, I should get going.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Okay, I'll see you tomorrow
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (smiling)
Of course
                                                            
Jake extends his hand and they dance. After wards they
share a soft, gentle kiss.
                                                            
 
INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Its the end of the day and Jake is moving some last minute
boxes around the warehouse as some music plays in the
background. Mr. McNeil enters. Jake realizes this and
quickly turns the music down.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Having fun?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (awkwardly smiling)
Yea
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Place looks good, hows it going?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (grabbing the
       clipboard off a
       box and handing
       it to him.)
Good good, Ummm, one driver didn't
show up. I didn't know what to
do.
                                                            

63.

                       MR. MCNEIL
Actually, thats why I'm here. He
is running a little late. He wont
get here till 5:30 so we need you
to stick around.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, okay.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Is that a problem?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Umm, no no its okay. I just need
to rearrange some things.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
      (tossing him the
       keys)
Okay, well I'm heading home so can
you lock up when you are done?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, no problem.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Okay, See you tomorrow Jake.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, see ya.
                                                            
Jake wait for Mr. McNeil to leave before pulling out his
cell phone.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (pulling out his
       cell phone)
Mellissa, Mellissa Mellissa, No,
Kelly's house....
      (puttingthe phone
       to his ear)
Come on, answer....
      (no answer)
Hey Mellissa, its Jake. Listen, I
am hung up at work so I was hoping
we could move the movie back to 7?
Give me a call back. Bye.
                                                            
Jake hangs up the phone and goes through his phone book
again.
                                                            

64.

                       JAKE
      (putting the phone
       to his ear)
Brian, hey its Jake. Listen,
Mellissa is coming over. Yes, the
hot one. Hey, I'm stuck at work
and I won't get home till at least
seven, could you guys keep her
company? Yes, I know you and
Rachael arent on good terms but
you are having dinner tonight
right? Good, so just apologize
for me, I'll get there as soon as
I can. Thanks man. Later.
                                                            
Jake lets out a sigh of anger and sits down on a box with
his hands over his face
                                                            
 
INT. CONDO LIVINGROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake enters the condo just after seven. Mellissa is seated
at the table eating dinner with Justin, Brian, and Rachael.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey guys.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
Hey, how was work?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Slow. 4 trucks and one didn't
show till six.
      (to Mellissa)
They corrupt you yet?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
They've been great
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (gathering
       everyone's dishes)
I think the dishes can wait till
the morning, I'm beat. See you
guys later. Mellissa, it was nice
to meet you.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (smiling)
You too.
                                                            
                       JAKE
good night man.
                                                            

65.

                       BRIAN
I'm taking off too, back to the
hotel... unless you've changed
your mind?
                                                            
He goes to kiss Rachael on the lips, she turns her face so
he hits her cheek instead. He then exits.
                                                            
                       RACHAEL
I'll see you guys later. Good
night.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Good night.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Movie time?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling)
Yea
                                                            
Mellissa sits on the couch as Jake turns on the tv and puts
in the DVD and sits on the couch. He presses play with the
remote.
                                                            
Fade back in on Jake and Mellissa on the couch with
Mellissa's head on Jakes shoulder..
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
I should really get going..
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling)
Okay, I'll walk you out.
                                                            
They walk out the front door.
                                                            
 
EXT. CONDO PARKINGLOT - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake and Mellissa are walking out to the car holding hands
and close to each other. He gets to her drivers side door.
She leans her back against the door with Jakes arms around
her.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Your audition is tomorrow?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea
                                                            

66.

                       JAKE
You ready?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (smiling)
I will be. You should stop by
after work.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Smiling)
Okay
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
I should go...
                                                            
They share a light kiss. Jake opens the door and helps her
into the car. She drives off. Jake breathes a sigh of
relief and starts to walk back inside when his cell phone
rings. He answers
                                                            
Intercut phone sequence
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hello?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Hey, how'd it go?
                                                            
                       JAKE
It went well, she litterally just
left.
                                                            
Jake walks back into the condo.
                                                            
 
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake enters from outside on the phone with Audrey.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
You going to see her again
tomorrow?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, I'm going to stop by after
work.
      (Pause)
Hey, what are you doing tomorrow
night?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Actually, I already have plans
tomorrow night.
                                                            

67.

                       JAKE
Really?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea, kind of a date thing.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Audrey, YOU have a date?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (Using obvious
       sarcasm)
Yea....you don't have to act so
surprised
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well, whats his name?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Sam
                                                            
                       JAKE
The mysterious man from your
purse... how sweet.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
No need to tease. Its not
flattering
                                                            
                       JAKE
Where did you meet him?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
At a coffee house just outside
town.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well whats he like?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
He's sweet, cute, umm hold on.
      (pause)
He's calling me right now, I'll
call you tomorrow when we get
back.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Okay, bye.
                                                            
Jake hangs up and walks back into his room. He leans on the
closed door to his room and he runs his hands through his
hair smiling before finally turning and walking into his
room.
                                                            
 

68.

INT. WORK/WAREHOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Jake enters the warehouse and sees very little boxes lying
around. He tosses his stuff down on a stack of boxes.
                                                            
                       JAKE
At least its going to be a slow
day.
                                                            
Jake reorganizes some of the boxes. After he is done, he
walks to the door.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Shouting)
Mr. McNeil, I'm here.
                                                            
Jake walks back over and grabs his stuff. He moves it over
to the side when Mr McNeil enters.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Hey Jake, hows it going?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Its going pretty good, how are
you?
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
I'm doing okay, but we need to
talk.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Okay, whats going on?
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
I had meeting with my supervisor
earlier this morning and he cut
back my payroll and you've been
here the least amount of time so
I'm sorry but we are going to have
to let you go.
                                                            
                       JAKE
But who is going to run the
warehouse?
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
Tom from invoicing is moving in
here. They actually cut his job
but you are the new guy. Its the
only way he can keep his job.
                                                            

69.

                       JAKE
      (obviously
       disappointed)
Okay.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
I'm sorry, I really wish there was
a way we could keep you on.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Its okay, ummm thanks for the
opportunity though.
                                                            
                       MR. MCNEIL
If you need a reference, just give
them my number.
      (shakes his hand)
Take care of yourself.
                                                            
Jake turns around and grabs his stuff and leaves as we see
Mr. McNeil turn and walk back into his office area.
                                                            
 
EXT. KELLY'S FRONT DOOR - DAY
                                                            
Jake knocks on the front door. Mellissa answers while she
is getting ready.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Hey, my audition got moved up.
I've got to leave in a few
minutes.
      (pause)
Whats wrong?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I got laid off.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (Out of breath)
Oh I'm sorry. Come in, come in.
                                                            
Jake enters
                                                            
 
INT. KELLY'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (running back to
       grab her make up)
What happened?
                                                            

70.

                       JAKE
They had their budget cut back.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (looking into her
       compact)
God, I'm sorry but there are other
jobs out there.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea I know. You need a hand?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
No, I think I can handle it. Be
right back.
                                                            
Mellissa runs back into the bathroom and shuts the door.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (from the bathroom)
Hey, can you check my phone, see
if I missed any calls?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, where's your phone?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
On the counter!
                                                            
Jake walks over and picks up the phone.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You have a text message. Want me
to read it?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Could you?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (hitting a button)
Yea
      (pause, slightly
       distraught)
Who is Tony?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (Bathroom door
       swings open, she
       is just standing
       there for a
       second before
       running over)
No no, put the phone down Jake...
                                                            

71.

                       JAKE
      (looking deep into
       her eyes)
Who is Tony?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
He's just a guy I knew in New York
                                                            
                       JAKE
Are you involved with him?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
We were for a little bit...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Are you still involved?
      (long pause. More
       determined)
Are you two still involved?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Yea... but its not what you think.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Great. Just great...
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
You don't understand Jake, it
wasn't a healthy relationship.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Then you should have ended it.
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
I tried, will you just let me
explain...
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (cutting her off)
I I I don't want to hear an
explanation. Listen, I just have
to go...
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Will you just listen please?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I don't want to hear excuses....I
just need to go. I'll call you
later.
                                                            
Jake walks out the front door as Mellissa sits down on the
couch and presses her hand to her face covering her eyes.
                                                            
 

72.

EXT. WOODED PARK - DAY
                                                            
As we open, Jake is laying on the hood of his car. He gets
up and goes over and lays in the grass with his journal and
his camera. He looks up at the clouds and snaps pictures.
He reaches into his pocket and calls Audrey.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey, Its me.
(pause)
Are you busy?
(pause)
Can you meet me at the park?
(pause)
Yea, the usual spot...
(pause)
Okay, bye...
                                                            
 
EXT. WOODED PARK - DAY
                                                            
Audrey walks up and lays down in the grass next to Jake.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
I talked to my uncle...I'm really
sorry...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Its okay, I understood that.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
So what don't you understand?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I don't understand how Mellissa
couldn't tell me she had a
boyfriend.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (Shocked, leaning
       up)
What?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (sitting up)
Yea...
                                                            
                       AUDREY
How'd you find out?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I read a text message in her cell
phone.
                                                            

73.

                       AUDREY
You were snooping?
                                                            
                       JAKE
No no, would I snoop?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
I didn't think you would....
                                                            
                       JAKE
No, she asked me to check her
messages and I read her text
messages and she had one from some
guy in New York named Tony.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Oh God, I'm sorry..... Did she
explain what was going on?
                                                            
                       JAKE
There wasn't much to explain is
there? Some guy on the phone
telling her that he missed her and
couldn't wait to see her again...
and I won't be the other guy in a
relationship.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
You didn't let her explain? That
doesn't sound fair Jake... not to
her.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Life isn't fair but I won't be the
other guy that breaks up a
relationship... even if its a bad
relationship. I just thought for
once in my life I could have a
normal relationship.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
There's no such thing as a normal
relationship.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You're telling me this while you
have a date tonight?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Yea
      (pause)
A little unbelievable huh?
                                                            

74.

                       JAKE
What?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (laying her head
       on his chest)
That we both have dates in the
same week.
                                                            
Jake just smiles
                                                            
                       AUDREY
So, have you talked to Jen lately?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Not in a couple of days, no
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Oh
                                                            
They both lay back down
                                                            
The scene turns to dusk and they are in the same possition.
Audrey leans up
                                                            
                       AUDREY
I've gotta go.... Call me later
if you get a chance.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling slightly)
Okay, have a good date.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Bye
                                                            
Audrey leaves as Jake sits up and looks straight ahaid for a
few moments. He then gets up and leaves.
                                                            
 
INT. CONDO LIVINGROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake enters to find Brian sitting on the couch slumped over
forward with his hands over his face. He looks up to see
its Jake and goes back to the same possition.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hey
                                                            

75.

                       JAKE
      (putting his stuff
       on the table)
Whats wrong?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Rachael just called. She, she's
not sure she wants to stay
together.
                                                            
                       JAKE
What? You guys have been together
for years, you're going to let
this come between you?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I don't want to. I stood Katie
up. I just want things to go back
to how they were.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You tell her that?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I tried man. Could you talk to
her for me?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I can't, she's already pissed at
me.
      (pause)
Seriously, you need to take care
of this. Don't take no for an
answer.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I know, but what am I going to
say? Its not like you and
Mellissa, we aren't starting a new
relationship. Its
just...comfortable.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea, Mellissa and I aren't going
to make it.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Oh geez man, What happened now.
                                                            

76.

                       JAKE
Don't worry about it. Listen,
Rachael is probably at Erin's
house. Go over there and tell her
how you feel
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yea but what about...
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (cutting him off)
Just go!
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yea but what if she doesn't want
to see me?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (mocking him)
But what if she doesn't......grow
a pair man. Get off your high
horse and go see her... unless you
want to let her go you will go see
her and you won't take no for an
answer.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (getting up and
       walking out the
       front door)
Alright, alright, I'm going geez
                                                            
Jake lays down on the couch and kicks his shoes off and
falls asleep.
                                                            
 
INT. CONDO LIVINGROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake wakes up slowly, then realizes that he has been
sleeping for a while. He looks at the clock to see that it
is almost midnight.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh crap...
                                                            
He stumbles getting up to his feet. Quickly he hustles off
to his room.
                                                            
 

77.

INT. JAKE'S ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake walks in fast and grabs his manilla folder off of the
night stand and sits on the bed. He pulls out his laptop
and starts to look for jobs when Justin knocks.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Its open
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (entering)
Hey, whats up?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Nothing, looking for a job. Oh,
here, I;ve got something for you.
      (Opens up his
       night stand
       drawer and pulls
       out the rent
       check)
Here.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Wow, then entire amount too.
Thanks.
      (pause)
Where did you get the money?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Don't worry about it.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Im serious, where did you get it?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I said don't worry about it
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Okay.
      (Tossing him his
       cell phone)
Oh Brian called to thank you. Umm,
I'm sorry to hear about Mellissa.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Its okay, It just wasn't right.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Yea
      (long pause)
Well, I should get to bed. Good
night.
                                                            

78.

                       JAKE
Yea, good night.
                                                            
 
INT. JAKE'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake is putting on his suit jacket
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (taking a deep
       breath and
       exhaling)
Okay, Resume's check. List of
possible places check, List of
references check.
                                                            
Jake's phone rings
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hello? This is Jake. Yes. Of
course I've heard of Florida
Sports Monthly. Really? Today?
Yes. Okay, Three hours?
      (grabbing a pen
       and paper)
13754 Roosevelt Drive? No, thats
fine. Okay. Thank you. See you
then.
                                                            
Jake is happy as can be as he goes sits on the bed. His
phone rings again.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hello? Jen, now is not a good
time. Because it isn't. No, Jen,
Jen I really don't care. No.
Listen I have to go. Cause I've
got an interview. Fine, I'll call
you later. Bye
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Jake breathes
       deep and sits
       down on the bed.)
Well this seems all too familiar
                                                            
 
EXT. AUDREY'S FRONT DOOR - DAY
                                                            
Audrey opens the door to find Jake standing there with a
newspaper in his hand.
                                                            

79.

                       JAKE
      (smiling)
I got a job!
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (Her eyes open
       wide)
Really? Oh thats so great!
      (letting go)
where is it at?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Florida Sports Weekly. They cover
all the high school games. You
know whats odd though?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
What?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I never applied for a job with
them...
                                                            
                       AUDREY
You sure?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Possitive. They said they had
read an article I wrote in
college.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Geez I'm so happy for you
                                                            
                       JAKE
Come on, we've got to go
celebrate.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Awww, I wish I could but I have
plans. How about tonight? Meet
at the usual place around seven?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling)
Plans?
      (pause)
Seven sounds great... can't wait.
                                                            
Jake pecks her cheek goodbye.
                                                            
 

80.

INT. JAKE'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake is standing in his room on the phone.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yes mom. Yes a real job. Florida
Sports Weekly. I know you've
never heard of them. They do high
school sports mom. twenty
thousand a year plus incentives.
Yes I know it isn't a lot of
money. I know. Mom, its enough.
Yes mom, of course they have
health insurance.
      (noticing the time)
Mom, mom, mom I have to go. I'm
going out to dinner. I'll talk to
you later. Bye.
                                                            
Jake hangs up the phone and tosses it on the bed. He grabs
a shirt from his closet and buttons it up. He grabs his
stuff and heads out.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake enters the restaurant and finds Audrey as he enters.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Hey, how are you?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling)
I'm doing pretty good.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Come on, I already have a table.
                                                            
Jake follows Audrey into the seating area where he finds
Brian, Rachael, and Justin He enters and gives his hellos'
and recieves congratulations from everyone around. They all
sit.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (standing)
Will you excuse me?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yea.
                                                            

81.

                       BRIAN
So how did this happen?
                                                            
                       JAKE
They called me this morning and
said they had an unexpected
opening that they needed to fill.
So I went in and had an amazing
interview. Somehow they had
gotten a copy of an article I
wrote about my college baseball
team. They loved it and offered
me a job.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Well, I'm proud of you man...
Congrats.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (Looking around to
       notice Audrey
       walked out the
       front door.)
Thanks, I'll be right back.
                                                            
Jake gets up and leaves and is followed close behind by
Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hey man listen I just wanted to
say thank you for helping me.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh no problem man, you two going
to be okay?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yea I think so... she told me I
could come home so thats good but
we are going to take things
slow... make sure we don't mess up
again.
                                                            
They reach the front door and exit the restaurant.
                                                            
 
EXT. FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake and Brian walk out front to find Audrey holding hands
and kissing her girlfriend hello.
                                                            

82.

                       BRIAN
      (taking out his
       cell phone to try
       and snap a
       picture)
Oh shit... thats the hottest thing
I've ever seen!
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (startled)
Ahh, oh God you scared me.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (he has his phone
       ready now)
no no no... go back... come on...
resume positions
                                                            
Jake slaps him in the chest.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, I'm I'm sorry. Ummm, I'll
come back later.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
No no, come here. I guess this is
as good a time as any.
      (Introducing)
This is Samantha
                                                            
                       SAMANTHA
Its nice to finally meet you
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (shaking her hand)
Nice to meet you too. So how long
has this been going on?
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (holding
       Samantha's hand)
Ummm 3 months?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling)
I'm happy for you two.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I bet you are! This is awesome.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
Could you not tell me parents? I
haven't told them yet
                                                            

83.

                       JAKE
Of course not.
                                                            
                       AUDREY
      (Smiling)
Thanks... shouldn't we join the
others?
                                                            
The four of them walk in, Brian deliberately walks in behind
Samantha and Audrey looking at them from behind and
grinning.
                                                            
 
INT. JAKE'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake is sleeping in his bed when Justin comes in and sits
down on the bed. Jake wakes up.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Hey, whats going on?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Geez, nothing. Whats up?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
When do you start?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Monday, why are you here this
early?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
I wanted to stop by before I had
to leave for work. You gave me
your graduation money for rent?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I said don't worry about it.
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
      (taking out the
       check)
I'm not
      (he tears up the
       check)
Just pay me when you can.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Your bonus came through didn't it
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
little bit yea
                                                            

84.

Jake falls back onto the pillow
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Mellissa is waiting outside for
you.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (exhaling a deep
       breath)
What? What did she get here?
                                                            
                       JUSTIN
Couple minutes ago. I told her
you had to get done and invited
her in but she said she would
rather wait out there.
                                                            
                       JAKE
okay thanks.
                                                            
Jake grabs his shirt and jeans off the nightstand and puts
them on before exiting.
                                                            
 
INT. BATHROOM - DAY
                                                            
Jake runs into the bathroom as he zips up his fly. He turns
on the sink and brushes his teeth while combing his hair. He
splashes water on his face and wipes it on a towel before
leaving.
                                                            
 
EXT. OUTSIDE THE CONDO - DAY
                                                            
Jake exits as we see that it is Jen waiting for him, not
Mellissa. He approaches her.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hey...
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Hey
                                                            
                       JAKE
Listen... I'm sorry about the
other day, you were trying to
explain and I was just too focused
on being who I thought I should be
instead of focusing on who I
should be for you... it was
inconsiderate and I'd love to
start again.
                                                            

85.

                       MELLISSA
We don't need to start again...
listen, before I left for New York
I was confident in who I was and
how I was raised... but I was 16
and I made some stupid choices
when i got up there... Tony being
the biggest. I was a real mess
for a long time but when I got
back here I thought it was my
chance to start over... I know I
should have told you about all of
this but telling a guy about drugs
and alcohol isn't something I
wanted to bring up... I liked the
way you looked at me and I didn't
want to lose that.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (slightly
       unaffected)
And what about Tony?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
I told Tony a year ago that I
needed to change myself and that
to do that I needed to get away
from him and he respected that...
but he still pops up from time to
time and you getting that text
message was just a bad
coincidence... Jake you're a great
guy... thats what Kelly says at
least and I agree and I don't want
what I did 3 or 4 years ago to run
any chances I have now...
professionally or personally. I've
been trying so hard to find out
who I am for the past year and I
have a grasp on that now... and I
hope that this doesn't mean we are
over... because I like you and I'm
really excited to see where we can
go...
                                                            
                       JAKE
I spent all of my time since
college thinking I was mature...
that I was this well balanced guy
who had it all together... but I
realized that I was really just
full of myself. I would really
love to give us a real shot...
                                                            

86.

                       MELLISSA
So... where does this leave us?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (smiling and
       taking her hands
       in his)
at Breakfast... you hungry?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
      (smiling)
I'd love some...
                                                            
They slowly start to walk up the path to the front door of
the Condo
                                                            
                       JAKE
So how'd the audition go?
                                                            
                       MELLISSA
Oh terrible...
                                                            
                       JAKE
I know how that feels
                                                            
The door closes behind them as the credits roll.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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From Aly Delp Date 2/14/2006 ***
First things first...A couple of times I think the names may have been wrong. In one scene Jen was talking when she wasn't even supposed to be there, and such stuff. It was pretty good. There wasn't a terrible lot of drama, and some scenes with Jen could be embelished upon before the end. The thing I was thinking is what kind of movie could this be if turned into a comedy. The situations of this man struggling to enter the real world could have huge comic potential, both physical and verbal. Especially the relationships with all the girls. The one thing I did not like, was the boss, secretary scene. It's the 21st century, and that woman would file a sex suit so fast Jake wouldn't be able to witness any of it. Maybe make it more subtle, or remarks the boss would say when she isn't around because I can appreciate how it further developes his rare respect for women. I have a short attention span and it's hard to read long scripts, but yours was the first I was able to keep my attention through. (I ramble, sorry) The end.


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